Mamelodi Sundowns have been hit by a suspicious "flu-like" bug that has ravaged the first-team squad while facing the daunting task of a congested December schedule.
The Brazilians have the challenging task of contesting seven matches during December before the mid-year break while also being hit by a health scare.
The Sundowns squad is reported to be hit by a "flu-like" bug that is affecting several first-team players.
The defending champions will have contested 10 matches in the period between November 20 and December 23, when the league takes a festive season break which will be prolonged by the Afcon finals in January.
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The champions travel to Stellenbosch on Saturday before then hosting Royal AM in midweek. After which they have encounters against SuperSport United, Baroka, Orlando Pirates, AmaZulu and Marumo Gallants before a seven-week break until February.
"We have a couple of health issues in our team, there is a smallanyana flu-like bug that is going around the team," Rulani Mokwena said.
"So a lot of our players that are on that list have been out because of medical complications.
"I think if you understand the importance of privacy in relation to medical prognosis then you will understand why I can't divulge more on the issue, but it is all health-related absences," he notes.
The club's injury list includes Gift Motupa and Lebohang Maboe while defender Rivaldo Coetzee has recently returned to action.
"Motupa has a muscular complication and with soft tissue injuries, you’ve got to be very careful because if you rush and you don’t go through the right sort of rehabilitation process then you risk having this player out for even longer. Gift Motupa is an important player for us like all the other players and we have a very strong medical department that is working very hard to make sure that his return is as quick as possible," says Mokwena.
"Riva had a contusion, just a muscular complication and he hasn’t trained fully with the team, but we have a couple of situations and had to fast track his return.
"The medical team has done fantastic work to try and get Riva back. Maboe is progressing extremely well, training individually but after that, we still predict a long-term layoff for Lebo. He is still not even close to taking part in full team training."